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In S.E.C.R.E.T., a daring exploration of female sexuality, L. Marie Adeline opens a promising new erotic series with a far more feminist bent than many of its genre peers.
Cassie Robichaud, a 35-year-old widow and former domestic violence victim, has sunk into a deep rut. Her life consists entirely of her waitressing job, her cat and a string of lackluster dates that have left her celibate for five years. When a glamorous woman accidentally leaves a journal in the cafe, Cassie can't help sneaking a peek at her sexual exploits. Before she knows it, the journal has led Cassie to an organization called S.E.C.R.E.T., a council of women that funds the ultimate journey of sexual discovery for one woman each year--this year, they offer the opportunity to Cassie. Once she chooses 10 fantasies, the council makes them come true, one after another, from a rendezvous with a famous man to a daring rescue at sea. Each scenario teaches Cassie a valuable lesson about confidence, self-worth and independence--but even as her body and spirit revel in her new-found liberation, Cassie's heart yearns for her handsome boss, Will. Can her S.E.C.R.E.T. assignations give her the courage to reach for the one man she really wants?
Throughout her experience, Cassie's safety and wishes remain the highest priority to S.E.C.R.E.T. and her sexual partners. In the end, readers will applaud the inner strength Cassie discovers, allowing her to make the right choice for her future.
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